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"The Art Of The Stea"L By Frank Abagnale.

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Mr. Abagnale is known as one of the world's most respectful authorities on check fraud, embezzlement and secure documents. He has developed new procedures and created manuals and educations programs utilized by over 14,000 financial institutions, law enforcement agencies and corporations. He is most famous for the recent film success Catch Me if You Can, which was about his life in crime, Mr. Abagnale said he wrote the book more than 23 years ago and it was written from his perspective as a 16 year old. The movie over dramatized and exaggerated some of the story. He is married for over 25 years and now has 3 sons. He considers his past immoral, unethical and illegal. He turned the bad into the good and now has a multi million consulting firm.Mr. Abagnale was the subject of the best selling book, "Catch Me If You Can" and the author of "The Art of the Steal". I shall review the second of the two, "The Art of the Stea"l, specifically, check fraud.The book starts out with a story of a young woman who had her identity stolen. Her social security number, address and phone number with her driver license were all used in the purchase of a new truck, several thousands in credit cards charges, and even a warrant for her arrest for marijuana.Mr. Abagnale had passed over $2.5 million dollars in bad checks through out all fifty states and in twenty six countries, all before he was of age to drink. He had the "distinction" of becoming one of the most hunted criminals by the FBI.His was caught by the French police when he was 21 and spent six months in a French prison, where he was extradited to Sweden and served another six months for forgery. Afterwards he was turned over to the authorities in the United States. He was sentenced to 10 years on each on seven counts of fraud and two years on an escape charge.Upon being released after serving three years of his sentence he was granted parole and released. He secured meaningful employment, which he excelled in but was fired once the companies looked into his past. Unable to find work, Mr. Abagnale went to a bank and told them he could teach the employees how to detect fraud. That was the beginning of his new career that is now outlined in the above.It is estimated that business lose over $400 billion dollars a year from fraud of one sort or another. One third of this is from embezzlement, employees stealing from employers. Of the 1474 arrests for forging in 1998 there were 122 convictions and of that only 26 were ever sent to jail.Check fraud losses are estimated to exceed $20 billions a year. Visa and Mastercard losses are less than 10% of that. American banks and credit unions returned $27 million of bad checks. Mr. Abagnale sites several errors in the system from being able to open an account with a stolen drivers license to ordering your checks and having them mailed to your house. In every other country you must pick up your checks at the bank. While waiting for the checks to be printed the bank has run a...

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